Researcher & Advisor
Kato is a human geographer and urbanist. She works on the Horizon2020 project Connecting Nature. In this project, DRIFT supports cities with the implementation and scaling of nature-based solutions. Kato is involved in research on the co-production processes that are needed to make this happen in cities. She also looks at how cities can learn from their co-production process through reflexive monitoring. Besides Connecting Nature, Kato works on a consultancy project about social justice and the energy transition for Stadslab2050 in Antwerp.
Kato holds a BSc in Urban & Regional Planning from Stockholm University (2010) and an MSc in Sustainable Urbanism from the Bartlett School of Planning (2012). She has experience in sustainable urban development in different contexts – from academic research to urban planning practice and the public sector – in several European countries. She worked amongst others on the resilience strategy for villages in the province of Antwerp (BE), on the Greater London Authority’s Employment Land Review of the Park Royal Industrial Area (GB) and together with Deltametropolis Association on the facilitation of a community of practice on the role of landscape for attracting investment to a city (NL).
Kato has a particular interest in food systems and how they affect cities and the built environment. She is part of the Slow Food Youth Network in Rotterdam, advocating for a good, fair and clean food system.